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they did that deal, they kicked the cuts -- the cuts in the pentagon and the human services $1.2 trillion down the road for two months, so there may yet be a ton of spending cuts. that's what i'm hoping for, and i think -- i think the suggestion that there's got to be some significant pentagon spending cuts is exactly right. it hasn't been done for about 30 years and a lot of money in the pentagon budget is not asked for by the military, by congress people who have plants in their districts so, you know, there's a lot of room for cutting here. i agree with that. >> why aren't we doing any cuting? it seems like the -- >> nobody has the nerve. >> constantly surrounds tax increases, but even this, you know, with the top dems sending this letter to the president saying we believe that you've got to be willing to make -- take steps to ensure america doesn't break the promises and do not negotiate over the debt ceiling, it's all about, you know, stick to your way and don't negotiate. how come we're not just admitting what the issue is and just coming up with spending cut ideas? >> because nobod
country, for those we represent at the pentagon and for all seasons. mr. president, ill always give you my most honest counsel. thank you very much. >> let's bring back john harwood as we dip way from remarks of people who have been nominated or leaving office, including chuck hagel, and to. /* give us some reasons why he is regarded as a maverick. >> he will have to answer questions about his views on israel. he's been more critical than most american politicians. questions about his stands and how tough it is on irans. these are concerns that republicans have raised. he will also have to address concerns. he begun to do so about his stance on guy right because he said some things in the 1990s about an appointee that clinton had that concerns members of the guy community. sew will have to address all of those. there are concerns on the left and right. but i expect he will be confirmed ultimately. this is a day to celebrate and the president says he expect the he is not rate to probably confirm. i have to say, before we get out, a nod to leon panetta who has been an extraordinary public se
for 9/11. i was coming in to washington, d.c. on 9/11. i saw the smoke pouring out of the pentagon. i have been to new york city. i have seen the 9/11 memorial. we won't forget those victims of terrorism. we can't forget the fact that al jazeera was the mouthpiece of osama bin laden and has been working hand in glove with terrorist groups ever since. >> and cliff, let me just ask you this. a lot of things about this obviously that troubles me. but one of them is the whole glenn beck business. a year ago, glenn offered to purchase this failing network, whatever it is, current tv, $250 million. that ain't nothing. gore wouldn't give him the time of day. a year later, gore sells it. okay he got 500 million bucks but he didn't know that when glenn beck first offered in. why is al gore going with anti-american, anti-christian, anti-jewish, anti-israeli, anti-everything operation instead of glenn beck? why? glenn beck is a good american. what is motivating gore? >> you have to try to get him on the show, but this is the equivalent during world war ii of turning over american broadcast facil
in the pentagon? >> well, a quick answer is i don't know. i think when you look at that d.o.d.colossus, 2.4 million men and women in the department of defense. it's a giant operation. on the other hand, larry, it's 4.7% of gnp. that's the lowest percentage of national treasure in any of our so-called country's wars. so i tell folks, you run an operation in iraq that was running $12 billion a month. afghanistan was $10 billion a month. we burneded up a lot of resources fight twog wars over the last decade. >> all right so just on that thought get some views from the panelists. we're running those wars down. will they stay down, general mccaffrey? i know some saving is already built in. but down the road in terms of support personnel, in terms of investment in various weaponry and approaches and so forth, maybe that's the place for the savings right there on top of the savings in europe. >> oh, i think there's no question that as we turn off this war in afghanistan i think we're going to largely leave. i'd be astonished if we have any significant footprint there much beyond 2014. so that's
the last year. very nice chart despite the weakness we're seeing today. talk pentagon a return of nearly 80% despite being under the slight pressure today. >> ceo rob sands joins us now exclusively. rob, it would seem to be a good earnings report, yet the stock is lower. i'm wondering if that is because the street didn't like the comments it heard about alcohol sales or demand slowing late into 2012 as related to the fiscal cliff. i don't know about you. i was drinking more as a result of all of that going on in washington. >> yeah, well, it's not surprising. yeah, i think that perhaps that comment had some impact. you know, nevertheless i would say that beverage and alcohol sales were pretty robust even though the growth rate slowed in the fourth quarter and even due to fiscal cliff woes but generally the -- the business is good. there's a lot of trading up in all three categories so -- and our business was -- was fairly good during the holiday season as well, so generally we're pleased. >> what are you expecting 2013? a lot of uncertainties out there. what is the biggest driver of the bus
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